Development of diagnostic methods for phytopathogens
In cooperation with the University of Constance, a method has been developed which makes it possible to examine apple, pear or quince blossoms for fire blight within two hours. As a result of this test, Bio-Protect cooperates since 2011 with fruit-growing consultants and chambers of agriculture around Lake Constance (Germany, Switzerland and Austria).
E. amylovora is often detected on and in plant tissues without visible symptoms. These so called latent infections in shoots, buds of fruit mummies as well as the epiphytic colonization of blossoms indicate a potential risk for your orchard, which could be detected with a respective diagnosis in our laboratory. Furthermore, initial experiments with real time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) have been carried out to establish a diagnostic test for Phytophthora infestans and Neofabraea spp.. We will continue to work on this.
We are happy to develop and establish specific diagnostic methods for further phytopathogens for you.